Physical and Occupational Therapy

physical therapy

Our licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists are trained and certified to treat every kind of patient – from pediatric to geriatric – with a commitment to return them to full activity. With treatment facilities located in each of Kennedy’s three hospitals, and convenient evening and weekend hours, the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation strives to accommodate patients’ work and school schedules.

Physical Therapy

Whether it’s relief from pain or working to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can help patients with everything from sports injuries to chronic conditions get where they want to be. Kennedy’s skilled team of therapists works closely with patients – and their referring physicians – to develop an individualized treatment plan that promotes healing and recovery in a supportive, caring environment.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy (PT) involves the evaluation and treatment of physical disabilities resulting from injuries or various medical conditions. Designed to improve physical strength, range of motion, daily living activities and functional ability, treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation, so our therapists can develop a personalized treatment for each patient. Throughout their recovery, each Kennedy PT patient will have a dedicated therapist to help patients reach their goals.

Outpatient Physical Therapy at Kennedy

We offer treatments for the following conditions:

  • Athletic/sports-related injuries
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Spinal injury
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (back pain/herniated discs, bodily sprains, etc.)
  • Post-operative rehab
  • Neurological disorders (stroke, paralysis)
  • Balance disorders (via Vestibular Rehabilitation)
  • Wound care (diabetic ulcerations, venous/arterial insufficiencies)
  • Hand injury/disorders

Treatments may include a variety of exercises and activities customized to patient’s individual needs, including therapeutic procedures, such as:

  • Manual therapy (hands-on mobilization of soft tissue)
  • Gait training and therapeutic exercise (range of motion, strengthening) and other treatments
  • Therapeutic modalities, such as traction, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and other pain-relieving modalities.

Kennedy also offers Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) – an individualized, exercise-based program for reducing symptoms of dizziness and poor balance – at its three Physical Therapy Departments.

Occupational Therapy

Why Occupational Therapy?

The goal of Occupational Therapy, or OT, is to improve or restore function so that a patient can participate in activities of daily living to the fullest extent possible. Occupational Therapists help patients learn new skills or adapt to a permanent loss so they can perform day-to-day tasks that are part of routine living – whether at work, home, school or within the community. OT is “therapy for daily living,” and focuses on using purposeful activities to restore, maximize and maintain function. The need for OT is often tied in to a traumatic injury or repetitive motion disorder, an orthopedic or neurological condition, or a recurring injury or illness.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Lymphedema (post-operative swelling of the upper and lower extremities)
  • Nerve injuries
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stroke
  • Tendon injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Trauma of bones or joints
  • Upper body injuries and pain

Our Treatment Team

Kennedy’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department offers the services of specially trained Occupational Therapists – including one with specialized training in Hand Therapy – who provide comprehensive care aimed at restoring and maximizing independence, preventing disability and maintaining health. OT strives to improve coordination, balance, cognitive skills, strength, and range of motion. Adaptations for disability are also addressed through compensation training and adaptive equipment. Kennedy Outpatient Occupational Therapy services focus on five performance areas to enable patients to participate in the meaningful activities of daily life: motor, sensory, cognitive, psychosocial, and social functioning.

Setting Goals and Reaching Them

Each OT patient at Kennedy undergoes a thorough evaluation and interview to assess their level of function and to establish a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific goals and needs. Each patient's treatment plan is closely supervised and re-evaluated every 30 days to ensure that the most effective modalities are utilized.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy treatments offered at Kennedy include:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) retraining (i.e., cooking, cleaning, toilet training)
  • Adaptive equipment assessments
  • Adult nerve sensory activities (congenital and post traumatic)
  • Coordination and maintaining balance (Parkinson’s disease, stroke, neurological disorders)
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • Ergonomic retraining
  • Functional training
  • Manual therapy
  • Modalities: moist hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, paraffin
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Therapeutic management to increase range of motion and strength

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone:  856-488-6842

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Stratford
18 E. Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084
Phone:  856-346-7842

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Washington Township
405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
Phone:  inpatient: 856-218-5319 outpatient: 856-256-7871